1. Teeth, 2007
2. Written by: Mitchell Lichtenstein – Directed by: Mitchell Lichtenstein – Produced by: Mitchell Lichtenstein and Joyce Pierpoline – Distributed by: Roadside Attractions
3. I first saw this film in 2007 at the Music Box Theatre, then again on DVD at home.
4. Target Audience: The film is definitely a dark comedy, mixed in with horror. However, it should be noted that the film’s premise is one for more mature audiences, as is the graphic visual nature of the film.
5. Teeth is a prime example of an independent film. It premiered on January 17th, 2007 at the Sundance Film Festival in the independent drama category. The film was made with a budget of $2 million and was distributed by Roadside Attractions, a U.S. film company that largely specializes in independent pictures (the film never saw a nationwide release). Furthermore, the movie was released on DVD through Dimension Extreme, a genre DVD label owned by the Weinstein Company, specializing in unrated horror films.
6. Film Description: The myth of vagina dentata is explored through a chaste teenage girl named Dawn in the bizarre experience that is Teeth. Dawn is a spokesperson for a Christian abstinence group called The Promise. However, when Tobey moves to town, Dawn becomes sexually tempted. What unfolds there after is an adventure through Dawn’s experience learning that she possesses, and coping with, the ancient myth of vagina dentata – a toothed vagina. Only a hero can save Dawn, as he must conquer the vagina dentata in order to set Dawn’s sexuality free.
7. Technical Considerations: Visually, the film is pretty spot on. The somewhat subdued colors mixed with a nuclear power plant looming in the background of the town, creates an eerie feeling right off the bat… something seems a bit off in this small town. The film, in it’s nature, is graphic, and while it can be hard to watch at times, I felt that the director handled the content well… for example, he maintains establishing shots and medium shots while filming the more grotesque scenes so that you are definitely aware of what is going on, but you don’t feel as though you are being forced to look at these images.